Fifa honorary president Joao Havelange's condition has improved, according to a statement from the Hospital Samaritano in Rio de Janeiro.
The 95-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening with a severe bacterial infection, with doctors labelling his condition as 'serious'.
Havelange is already able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator, but there is still no estimation as to when the former supremo may leave the hospital.
"According to doctor Joao Mansur Filho, the condition of the Fifa honorary president shows a slight improvement, but he still requires medical care," a hospital statement read.
"He is being administered antibiotics to fight the infection in his right ankle.
"Right now Joao Havelange is breathing without aid, but there is no estimation about when he may be discharged."
Havelange presided over Fifa between 1974 and 1998, receiving the title of honorary president of the governing body upon leaving office.
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